Julia Butler Hansen wildlife refuge tour
$95, full day
approximately 7 miles
This is a good introduction to kayaking, a one-way trip with the tide that begins in protected Elochoman Slough. Here we will paddle along the path of Lewis & Clark, who were led into the slough by two canoes of Wahkiakum Indians who brought the Corps to their village to trade in 1805. The route has some of the same individual trees that were standing at the time, as the spruce swamps here have trees over 300 years old. The most obvious residents now are Bald Eagles and Osprey, which we can watch as they patrol the sloughs for fish. We will emerge from the sloughs onto a sand beach along the main channel of the Columbia for lunch before taking historic Steamboat Slough down to Skamokawa. This is a leisurely trip, with time for bird-watching, photography and working on paddling strokes.
Depending on the tides, this tour may be run in the opposite direction, starting in Skamokawa and going upstream.
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